Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Encounter the fascinating wildlife of Kruger National Park on open-vehicle drives and optional bushwalks.
  • Go on safari in a private reserve alongside a National Geographic–sponsored researcher, and learn about ongoing efforts to protect South Africa’s big cats.
  • Enjoy a traditional braai, or South African barbecue, in lively Johannesburg.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Explore the Greater Kruger area on an exhilarating journey to South Africa. Travel along the jaw-dropping Panorama Route; track elephants, lions, and cheetahs at one of the continent’s most celebrated national parks; and venture out on safari with a researcher from the Cheetah Metapopulation Project, part of National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. Spend the evenings relaxing at your scenic safari lodges, taking in the spectacular African sunset from the deck.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Johannesburg
Arrive at any time and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) for dinner tonight.
Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Malikana Guesthouse BB/ Braai (or similar)
Day 2: Johannesburg/Greater Kruger Area
Set out towards Kruger National Park via the magnificent Panorama Route, one of the world’s most picturesque drives. Make stops at the dramatic Blyde River Canyon and Bourke's Luck Potholes, and take in panoramic views of the forest-covered valley from the God's Window viewpoint. Continue to our tented camp near Kruger National Park and savour a delicious South African dinner in a boma.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Muluwa Lodge (or similar)
Day 3: Kruger National Park
Rise early and climb aboard an open jeep for a full-day safari in Kruger National Park—home to an extraordinary array of large mammals. Spot elephants, lions, giraffes, and perhaps elusive leopards as we explore this breathtaking wilderness of savanna and scrubland. Return to our lodge in the evening, where you can take some time to relax on the deck and enjoy the nocturnal sounds of the bush.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Muluwa Lodge (or similar)
Day 4: Greater Kruger Area/Karongwe Private Game Reserve
Travel to the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, a pristine wildlife sanctuary located in the Greater Kruger area. Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project—a program funded in part by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative—and learn about efforts to protect the region’s cheetahs and other carnivores. The researcher then joins us for a wildlife-viewing excursion through the reserve.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Karongwe Private Game Reserve - Lodges (or similar)
Day 5: Karongwe Private Game Reserve
Spend the day exploring Karongwe on morning and afternoon safaris with our local guides. Search for Africa's famed "big five" as we drive through the shrublands of the bushveld. Back at camp, relax on deck or take a walk around the grounds.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Karongwe Private Game Reserve - Lodges (or similar)
Day 6: Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg
Embark on one last safari this morning, keeping a lookout for Karongwe’s iconic inhabitants. Then head back to the city, where you’ll enjoy dinner in our local guest house.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Malikana Guesthouse (or similar)
Day 7: Johannesburg
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast